UN Security Council to discuss ‘dirty bomb’ threat in Ukraine

The UN Security Council meets to discuss the Ukraine-Russia conflict at UN headquarters in New York on October 21,2022. (AFP)

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council will Tuesday discuss behind closed doors Russia’s claims that Ukraine plans to detonate a “dirty bomb” and blame it on Moscow, diplomats said.اضافة اعلان

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya repeated the claim that Kiev was planning such a provocation in a letter to the council and to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres seen by AFP.

The allegation, which came as Russia has faced significant setbacks eight months into its conflict with Ukraine, has been rejected by Kiev and its Western partners.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the claim on Sunday in calls with NATO counterparts, alleging that Ukraine planned to detonate a crude bomb that could spew dangerous nuclear, chemical or biological materials.

The US, France, and Britain rejected that in a joint statement Sunday, suggesting it was a scheme by Moscow to ratchet up the war.

“The world would see through any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation,” their statement said.

In a tweet ahead of the Security Council meeting, Britain’s UN mission reiterated its stance.

“Reminder: Ukraine has no nuclear weapon,” it said.

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